China's mask diplomacy a hit in virus-plagued Eastern Europe

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — When China’s first shipment of coronavirus medical aid landed in Belgrade, the president of Serbia was there to kiss the Chinese flag. In Hungary, officials have played down as...

Countries crack down on basic rights amid virus pandemic

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Soldiers patrol the streets with their fingers on machine gun triggers. The army guards an exhibition center-turned-makeshift-hospital crowded with rows of bunks for those infe...

Balkans fights virus amid lack of doctors, medical supplies

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The main Serbian hospital treating patients infected with coronavirus looks like an abandoned building, but it isn’t. With its rundown facade, peeling walls a...

More Russian weapons for Serbia despite US sanction threats

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia has received a sophisticated anti-aircraft system from Russia, despite possible U.S. sanctions against the Balkan state, which is formally seeking European Union members...

Trump's envoy urges Kosovo to drop taxes on Serbian goods

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's special envoy for Kosovo and Serbia on Tuesday urged the new Kosovo government to abolish punitive tariffs on Serbian goods that have blocked nego...

EU official: no clash with US over Kosovo talks

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The European Union’s top diplomat said Friday there is no clash with the United States over the two powers' parallel efforts to bring Serbia and Kosovo back to the negotiating ...

Montenegro denounces protest attack on its embassy in Serbia

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Montenegro on Friday strongly denounced aggression against its embassy in Serbia during a protest by thousands of ultra-nationalists, saying the actions of soccer hooligans who...

Key European party’s next leader blasts autocrats in group

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The future president of the largest party in the European Parliament launched a scathing attack on Wednesday against autocratic and populist leaderships within the group’s ranks...

US, Montenegro plot cyber warfare ahead of 2020 elections

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Deployed inside the sprawling communist-era army command headquarters in Montenegro’s capital, an elite team of U.S. military cyber experts are plotting strategy in a figh...

Chinese snooping tech spreads to nations vulnerable to abuse

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — When hundreds of video cameras with the power to identify and track individuals started appearing in the streets of Belgrade as part of a major surveillance project, some prote...

Vigilantes in Slovenia patrol borders to keep out migrants

RADOVICA, Slovenia (AP) — Blaz Zidar has a mission: patrol along a razor-wire fence on Slovenia's border with Croatia, catch migrants trying to climb over, hand them to police and make sure they are s...

Budapest boat crash puts focus on Hungary's tourist boom

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A disaster waiting to happen. That's how many in Budapest describe the deadly crash between a small sightseeing boat carrying South Korean tourists and a much larger cruise sh...

Croatia's WWII divisions in the open as Merkel visits

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's divisions over its World War II legacy will be out in the open when German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits the country to drum up support for moderate, conservative ca...

China's spreading influence in Eastern Europe worries West

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Coal-powered plants, mobile networks, major bridges, roads and railways: Chinese investments have been booming throughout Central and Eastern Europe's cash-strapped developing ...

Final verdict looms for ex-Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Nearly a quarter of a century since Bosnia's devastating war ended, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is set to hear the final judgment on whether he can be hel...